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That Time the US Government Poisoned Alcohol

The alcohol we drink is just one particular kind of alcohol: ethanol. The others can be a lot more dangerous, and in the 1920s, the US government made a really dangerous cocktail.

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A special thank you to Dr. Richard Sachleben for his insights into the chemistry of distilling.

Sources:
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/aug/26/lawless-prohibition-gangsters-speakeasies
https://lcb.wa.gov/publications/IndAlcoholinfosheet.pdf
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2010/02/the_chemists_war.html

Did the U.S. Government Purposely Poison 10,000 Americans During Prohibition?


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